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Rising New Tide of COVID-19 Cases Worldwide Force Leaders to Consider New Lockdowns

 

A rising tide of new coronavirus cases worldwide is forcing leaders to consider new lockdown measures to contain an increase in infections.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said in an interview with BBC television Friday a national lockdown in his country is not inevitable to prevent the further spread of the disease, adding that a localized approach would be efficient if rules for each area were strictly observed.

Raab’sstatment followed announcements by leaders of France and Germany earlier in the week to impose new lockdowns.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a nationwide monthlong lockdown that will take effect Friday. Macron said restaurants, bars, cafes and other nonessential businesses will be closed, while citizens will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, shopping and doctor appointments.German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a set of similar measures in her own month-long lockdown which takes effect Monday. In addition to restaurants and bars, all gyms, theaters and opera houses will be shut down under Merkel’s order, while the majority of businesses, shops and hair salons will be allowed to remain open.

Schools in both nations will remain open during their respective lockdowns.
The restrictions were announced by Macron and Merkel as both nations struggle with a record number of new COVID-19 cases practically every day.

France and Germany joined several other European nations that have been forced to impose a new set of restrictions to deal with a second and growing wave of the virus as the cold weather season approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.

Ukraine reported Friday a record 8,312 new COVID-19 cases in the previous 24 hours, up from the October 23 high of 7,517, with total infections at 378,729. The deaths also jumped by a record 173, for a toll of 7,041.

In Japan, the health ministry said Friday that the coronavirus cases topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was reported in mid-January. Japan has more than 1,700 deaths.

As of early Friday, there are more than 45 million total COVID-19 cases worldwide, including over 1.18 million deaths. India has reached the milestone of over 8 million total novel coronavirus cases, second only to the United States, with 8.94 million total confirmed cases.

As the effort to develop a safe and effective vaccine continues, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said it would ensure that everyone in the United States will be able to be inoculated free of charge.

 

 

Source: Voice of America

 

UPDATE – Trip.com LIVE series revitalizes regional markets, boosting global travel recovery

Trip.com LIVE Singapore livestream promotion banner

Trip.com LIVE Singapore livestream promotion banner

Trip.com LIVE Singapore livestream promotion banner

SINGAPORE, Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From 10 October to 11 November 2020, leading online travel services provider, Trip.com Group has launched the “LIVE for Trip” campaign as part of its Travel On initiative to bolster the recovery of the global travel industry.

29 October marked a key day in the LIVE for Trip campaign, with Trip.com LIVE broadcasts from Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Hosted on Trip.com’s regional Facebook and YouTube social media accounts, localized Trip.com LIVE shows targeted audiences in the region with specialized product offerings and huge discounts, part of the USD 150 million in discounts and subsidies given out by Trip.com Group during the LIVE for Trip campaign.

Following the recent announcement of the planned Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble, the Singapore Trip.com LIVE livestream was dedicated to showcasing Hong Kong and local hotels with the Halloween-themed tagline: “#TripFlashSale – Come in for a Spooktacular deal!” According to Trip.com Group data, on 15 October in the two hours after the announcement of the in-principle agreement to open a SG-HK travel bubble, search volumes in Singapore for flights grew by 56.4%, followed by a 40% increase in local hotel searches.

In light of this announcement, the Hong Kong Trip.com LIVE advertised a wide range of Singapore hotel discounts as well as local staycation hotel deals, in addition to useful information for Hong Kong customers planning on venturing to Singapore for their next trip.

The Trip.com LIVE Japan broadcast was hosted by well-known YouTube travel KOL Onada, who shared a series of “workcation” resorts with viewers. The two-hour special featured discounts on therapeutic hot springs and ryokan innsfor Trip.com’s Japanese audience to enjoy the new ‘working from hotel’ trend.

From 23 March to 28 October, Trip.com Group’s livestream series have altogether generated more than USD 360 million in GMV and received more than 150 million global views. Throughout this year, Trip.com Group has deployed innovative solutions to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 to encourage the recovery of travel. Trip.com LIVE is an important element in Trip.com Group’s efforts to inspire customers to plan their next trip. By working with local travel industry partners and KOLs, Trip.com LIVE shows engage customers to consider traveling again with incredible discounts and tailored products.

On October 28, LIVE for Trip’s livestream marathon and four-hour BOSS Live show generated GMV of USD 56 million, offering customers discounts on a huge range of hotels, flights, attraction tickets and more. Trip.com Group’s Boss Live broadcast debuted on 23 March, 2020 in Shanghai, China. It has since become a regular live broadcast on every Wednesday, featuring Trip.com Group Chairman and co-founder, James Liang. Trip.com Group’s use of innovative marketing channels and formats – with livestream shows engaging customers during the pandemic – is an industry first.

Since June 2020, following the announcement of the Travel On initiative, Trip.com LIVE shows have taken place in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Customers around the region have tuned in for top discounts on travel products tailored to their local market, boosting domestic travel and laying the foundations for the future global travel recovery.

About Trip.com Group:
Trip.com Group is a leading one-stop travel service provider comprising of Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Qunar. Across its platforms, Trip.com Group enables local partners and travelers around the world to make informed and cost-effective bookings for travel products and services, through the aggregation of comprehensive travel-related information and resources, and an advanced transaction platform consisting of mobile apps, websites and 24/7 customer service centers. Founded in 1999 and listed on NASDAQ in 2003, Trip.com Group has become one of the best-known travel brands in the world, with the mission of ‘making every trip the perfect trip’.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/5094b58e-a25f-4862-956a-2fdde6cb236a

For additional information, visit Trip.com Group Newsroom 
Media Relations Contact:
Trip.com Group PR 
pr@trip.com 
Tel: (+86) 21 3406 4880 ext 196455

US Coronavirus Cases Surpass 9 Million

The U.S. surpassed 9 million confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, recording 1 million new cases in just two weeks, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Previously, it had taken the country three weeks to jump from 7 million cases to 8 million.

As of Friday afternoon, the U.S. had more than 9,018,500 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 229,356 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The increase in cases has been a result of a resurgence of the coronavirus since mid-October, health officials said.

The death rate attributed to the virus has risen 14% over the past two weeks, with more than 800 every day.

Confirmed cases are on the rise in 47 U.S. states, and dozens of states set records Thursday for new infections in a single day, including the Midwestern states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio, according to Johns Hopkins. Record daily highs were also reported in Texas, California and Florida.

The rising tide of new coronavirus cases worldwide is forcing leaders to consider new lockdown measures to contain an increase in infections.

Great Britain

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said in an interview with BBC television Friday a national lockdown in his country is not inevitable to prevent the further spread of the disease, adding that a localized approach would be efficient if rules for each area were strictly observed.

Raab’s statement followed announcements by leaders of France and Germany earlier in the week to impose new lockdowns.

France

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a nationwide, monthlong lockdown that will take effect Friday. Macron said restaurants, bars, cafes and other nonessential businesses will be closed, while citizens will be allowed to leave their homes only for work, shopping and doctor appointments.

Officials in Paris said people eager to escape the effects of the new lockdown created traffic jams Thursday evening with a total length of 730 kilometers.

Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a set of similar measures in her own monthlong lockdown, which takes effect Monday. In addition to restaurants and bars, all gyms, theaters and opera houses will be closed under Merkel’s order, while the majority of businesses, shops and hair salons will be allowed to remain open.

Schools in both nations will remain open during their respective lockdowns.

The restrictions were announced by Macron and Merkel as both nations struggle with a record number of new COVID-19 cases almost every day.

France and Germany joined several other European nations that have been forced to impose a new set of restrictions to deal with a second and growing wave of the virus as the cold weather season approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.

Ukraine reported Friday a record 8,312 new COVID-19 cases in the previous 24 hours, up from the October 23 high of 7,517, with total infections at 378,729. The deaths also jumped by a record 173, for a toll of 7,041.

In Japan, the health ministry said Friday that the coronavirus cases topped 100,000, nine months after the first case was reported in mid-January. Japan has more than 1,700 deaths.

Europe

European countries, meanwhile, are calling on the global community to grant the World Health Organization greater authority to independently investigate outbreaks after the pandemic exposed the agency’s deficiencies.

After European Union ministers met to discuss the matter, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday that countries should give the agency more political and financial support.

WHO

The WHO does not have the authority to independently investigate epidemics, forcing it to rely on countries to approve their lists of suggested experts and to abide by the agendas developed by them.

As of Friday, there are more than 45 million total coronavirus cases worldwide, including more than 1.18 million COVID-19 deaths. India has reached the milestone of more than 8 million cases, second only to the U.S.

 

Source: Voice of America

Bombardier Confirms the Closing of the Aerostructures Business Transaction

All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The closing of the previously announced aerostructure business transaction between Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) and Spirit AeroSystems Holding, Inc. (NYSE : SPR) came into effect today on October 30, 2020.

Spirit now owns Bombardier’s aerostructures activities and aftermarket services operations in Belfast, U.K.; Casablanca, Morocco; and its aerostructures maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Dallas, U.S. in exchange for cash consideration of $275 million, Spirit’s assumption of liabilities, including government refundable advances, pension obligations, as well as certain adjustments to the parties’ trading agreements favourable to Bombardier. The total transaction value is approximatively $1.2 billion.

About Bombardier
With over 52,000 employees across two business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in over 25 countries across the segments of Aviation and Transportation. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, Bombardier posted revenues of $15.8 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Bombardier is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. and its subsidiaries.

For Information
Jessica McDonald
Advisor, Media Relations and Public Affairs
Bombardier Inc.
+1 514 262 7255
jessica.mcdonald@bombardier.com

Patrick Ghoche
Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations
Bombardier Inc.
+514 861 5727

Constellation Brands Announces Full Redemption of Senior Floating Rate Notes Due 2021

VICTOR, N.Y., Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it has given notice for full redemption prior to maturity of all of its outstanding Senior Floating Rate Notes due 2021 (CUSIP Number: 21036PBA5) (the “notes”) to be effected on November 30, 2020 (the “redemption date”). As of October 30, 2020, there were $650.0 million in aggregate principal amount of the notes outstanding.

The redemption price for the notes, payable in cash, will be equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes, together with accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date.

ABOUT CONSTELLATION BRANDS
Constellation Brands is an international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. Constellation is the third-largest beer company in the U.S. and a leading, higher-end wine and spirits company in the U.S. market. Constellation’s brand portfolio includes Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Premier, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, Pacifico, the Robert Mondavi brand family, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, The Prisoner brand family, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements which are not historical facts and relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such events or results will in fact occur. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release and Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Detailed information regarding risk factors with respect to the company are included in the company’s filings with the SEC.

MEDIA CONTACTS INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS
Mike McGrew 773-251-4934 / michael.mcgrew@cbrands.com
Amy Martin 585-678-7141 / amy.martin@cbrands.com
Patty Yahn-Urlaub 585-678-7483 / patty.yahn-urlaub@cbrands.com
Marisa Pepelea 312-741-2316 / marisa.pepelea@cbrands.com

A downloadable PDF copy of this news release can be found here. http://ml.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/d4003f7a-7101-49f2-bfe9-a4308d850828

Trip.com LIVE series revitalizes regional markets, boosting global travel recovery

Trip.com LIVE Singapore livestream promotion banner

Trip.com LIVE Singapore livestream promotion banner

Trip.com LIVE Singapore livestream promotion banner

SINGAPORE, Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From 10 October to 11 November 2020, leading online travel services provider, Trip.com Group has launched the “LIVE for Trip” campaign as part of its Travel On initiative to bolster the recovery of the global travel industry.

29 October marked a key day in the LIVE for Trip campaign, with Trip.com LIVE broadcasts from Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Hosted on Trip.com’s regional Facebook and YouTube social media accounts, localized Trip.com LIVE shows targeted audiences in the region with specialized product offerings and huge discounts, part of the USD 150 million in discounts and subsidies given out by Trip.com Group during the LIVE for Trip campaign.

Following the recent announcement of the planned Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble, the Singapore Trip.com LIVE livestream was dedicated to showcasing Hong Kong and local hotels with the Halloween-themed tagline: “#TripFlashSale – Come in for a Spooktacular deal!” According to Trip.com Group data, on 15 October in the two hours after the announcement of the in-principle agreement to open a SG-HK travel bubble, search volumes in Singapore for flights grew by 56.4%, followed by a 40% increase in local hotel searches.

In light of this announcement, the Hong Kong Trip.com LIVE advertised a wide range of Singapore hotel discounts as well as local staycation hotel deals, in addition to useful information for Hong Kong customers planning on venturing to Singapore for their next trip.

The Trip.com LIVE Japan broadcast was hosted by well-known YouTube travel KOL Onada, who shared a series of “workcation” resorts with viewers. The two-hour special featured discounts on therapeutic hot springs and ryokan innsfor Trip.com’s Japanese audience to enjoy the new ‘working from hotel’ trend.

From 23 June to October 29, Trip.com LIVE regional livestreams attracted 4.6 million views and generated USD 4.5 million in cumulative GMV. From 23 March to 28 October, Trip.com Group’s livestream series have altogether generated more than USD 360 million in GMV and received more than 150 million global views. Throughout this year, Trip.com Group has deployed innovative solutions to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 to encourage the recovery of travel. Trip.com LIVE is an important element in Trip.com Group’s efforts to inspire customers to plan their next trip. By working with local travel industry partners and KOLs, Trip.com LIVE shows engage customers to consider traveling again with incredible discounts and tailored products.

On October 28, LIVE for Trip’s livestream marathon and four-hour BOSS Live show generated GMV of USD 56 million, offering customers discounts on a huge range of hotels, flights, attraction tickets and more. Trip.com Group’s Boss Live broadcast debuted on 23 March, 2020 in Shanghai, China. It has since become a regular live broadcast on every Wednesday, featuring Trip.com Group Chairman and co-founder, James Liang. Trip.com Group’s use of innovative marketing channels and formats – with livestream shows engaging customers during the pandemic – is an industry first.

Since June 2020, following the announcement of the Travel On initiative, Trip.com LIVE shows have taken place in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Customers around the region have tuned in for top discounts on travel products tailored to their local market, boosting domestic travel and laying the foundations for the future global travel recovery.

About Trip.com Group:
Trip.com Group is a leading one-stop travel service provider comprising of Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Qunar. Across its platforms, Trip.com Group enables local partners and travelers around the world to make informed and cost-effective bookings for travel products and services, through the aggregation of comprehensive travel-related information and resources, and an advanced transaction platform consisting of mobile apps, websites and 24/7 customer service centers. Founded in 1999 and listed on NASDAQ in 2003, Trip.com Group has become one of the best-known travel brands in the world, with the mission of ‘making every trip the perfect trip’.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/5094b58e-a25f-4862-956a-2fdde6cb236a

For additional information, visit Trip.com Group Newsroom 
Media Relations Contact:
Trip.com Group PR 
pr@trip.com 
Tel: (+86) 21 3406 4880 ext 196455

NOTICE TO DISREGARD — ASICLine, Inc.

TOKYO, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — We are advised by ASICLine, Inc. that journalists and other readers should disregard the news release, “UPDATE – New Cryptocurrency Mining Era with ASICLine” issued October 27, 2020, over GlobeNewswire. The release was issued in error.